The International Center aims to promote events in Indiana that highlight and celebrate cultural diversity and international relations. Whether you like to engage in international diplomacy, eat Chinese food, dance to Russian music, celebrate a French holiday, or participate in Scottish games, we hope you’ll find a way to celebrate and participate in our global city.
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Events for June 22, 2019
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Gerburg Garmann, professor of German and French language and literature, will hold an art exhibition, “Where Beauty Meets Resilience,” at the Athenaeum in Indianapolis, June 7 – July 1, 2019. Where Beauty Meets Resilience This show of my artwork has grown out of previous shows. In one way or another, I have always been fascinated by beauty in its many forms and by the resilience I have witnessed in so many women around me. The psychological definition of the term resilience is this: "... the creation of meaning in life, even life that is sometimes painful or absurd, and having the courage to live fully despite its inherent pain and futility." Resilience is not simple optimism. It often occurs when optimism meets adversity or even tragedy. Someone has bent without breaking — has perhaps gone through hell and back — yet still has the capacity to smile and press forward when it would be exponentially easier to give up. There is beauty in resilience . . . and resilience in beauty . . . As Sonja M. Schwartzbach, an ICU nurse, stated so eloquently in 2016 in her blog in the Huffington Post: “And then resilience enters the room, the most elegant of emotional beings; glowing; refined; a reminder that even a flicker of light glows amid the darkness. And we can save our tiny ship of troubles from life's stormy seas once again.” This is what I hope my art will do for you.Find out more »
Join us for a weekend celebration of Native American cultures through art, music, dance, demonstrations, food and more. Featuring Native performers and artists from more than 50 Native American cultures from across the U.S. and Canada. Indian Market and Festival is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience right here in the Midwest. Adult Advance online tickets: $13 Adults 18 and older: $15 at the gate Youth 17 and under: FREE Eiteljorg members: FREE (individuals named on membership cards only)Find out more »
Tamales are not just something to eat -- the harvesting, preparing and sharing of tamales is embedded in the history and culture of Mexico, on a family basis and on a community basis. The word "tamale" (meaning "wrapped food") originates from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs. This free festival of tamales will highlight this history and tradition. The day will honor Mexican arts, music, dance, and food with: + A short presentation on the history and tradition of tamales + Music performances by Meztil-Cultural de Indianapolis, a family band in the son juarocho style of music and also singer Yuri Rodriguez. + Dance performance & presentations by Grupo Folklorico Macehuani. + Tamales for sale (tamale vendor will keep revenue from tamale sales) + Art activities While enjoying AMEXIN Tamaliza, attendees can also see an exhibition of art by a Chicago-based Mexican-American visual artist, Yvette Mayorga (https://www.yvettemayorga.com/), on display at the Tube. Mayorga's work examines the candy-coated idea of the American Dream and the risks all immigrants take. Our hope is that visitors will be inspired to express their own stories through creative channels. And enjoy some Mexican cultural traditions at the same time.Find out more »
On World Refugee Day, we celebrate the courage and strength of refugee newcomers and the many gifts they bring to our communities. Join us for a Reggae Party to honor the day! DJ Andy Capps Deej Zion Tulz and DJ Kyle Long will spin authentic reggae and global music that will have you dancing all night long. You will also find plenty of delicious food, great local beer and wine, and opportunities to engage with Exodus! Check out the Facebook Event Page for the latest updates. Download a flyer Reggae Party Flyer. The event is family-friendly and Exodus activities will take place between 4 pm – 7 pm. Be sure to chat with your refugee neighbors at our “Ask a Refugee” booth and learn more about how to support refugees locally and globally. We’ll also have Refugees Welcome t-shirts for sale. The event is free, but monetary donations are welcome! All proceeds from refreshment sales and your donations will support refugee resettlement services in Indianapolis.Find out more »